The problem is not active versus PON, Anything less than FTTH is a mistake. All
you have to do is look at the financing and debt to see where the problem is.
Something the article points out was learned and avoided in Wyoming. Stop blaming the trail blazers of FTTH, blame the telcos that promised Fiber
in 1990, received grants, tax incentives and additional fees but never provided
fiber. Anything less than Fiber is a mistake.You can
not tell me that the cities with FTTH have not benefitted from the fiber, get
I may be slow but these are the same guys who ran Dynamic City which took all
these towns and cities down the rabbit hole with their 40%+ take rate promises
and it will make $millions. Instead, they recommended the wrong technology
(active vs PONS) and now each and every member of the public in these cities
will pay for their bad advice, every month for years and years. Is there no
justice? Is there no accountability?From the June 2006 Utopia Audit:
UTOPIA has agreed to pay DynamicCity 10% of UTOPIA’s Adjusted Net Income
for 20 years beginning July 2004. If DynamicCity meets certain performance
criteria, UTOPIA agreed to pay DynamicCity an additional 10% of UTOPIA’s
Adjusted Net Income for 20 years beginning July 2004.Now isn't that a
joke on all the taxpayers.
Whoever sold Wyoming on fiber was one slick character. Wireless is the way to go
for data transmission now, fiber is a thing of the past.
It is time for this paper to publish a courageous exposÃ© of the
history of Utopia and it's mistakes and frauds. Time also to examine the bad
decisions of the governments which were duped and the exposure amounts.
Where Bray has been proven wrong was in using an enterprise network methodology
in deploying the fiber, often referred to as an active system. At the same time
that those decisions were being made for the Utopia project, Verizon was
deciding to use PON, passive optical networking, as the method of deployment for
their FiOS offering. Years later, Verizon has an installed customer cost that is
25-35% of the active method. AT&T, Comcast and most rural cable tv and
telephone companies now use that method. Vendors have standardized the equipment
for PON and costs continue to improve while capability increases. It's time for someone courageous at Utopia to admit that they made a mistake
and switch to PON. Taxpayers deserve it.